“ Brand: Cofresh / Type: Candy „
Poundworld have recently opened a new shop local to me ,so now I am able to get lots of bargains without having to travel too far. I always look at the food aisles while shopping there because they often change their stock and you can buy some unusual products. This is where I found` Cofresh Crunchy Handmade Peanut bars`, sold in a box of four for £1. I had tried other Cofresh products and enjoyed them but I had never seen the Peanut bars before. I like to eat cereal bars and other healthy snacks instead of biscuits as they are more filling and often contain nicer ingredients.These Peanut bars were lovely, you get lots of peanuts in every bite with a sort of hard crunchy caramel type of confection to keep the nuts in place. I found each one to be very filling and only needed to eat a single one at a time. On the pack it says that they are suitable for Vegans, Vegetarians and are Gluten free. They contain only Peanuts (67%),Sugar and Glucose. It also shows an allergy warning that obviously applies to people who are allergic to nuts like a lot of people are (poor things). There was a long sell by date on the bottom of the box , but in my house they only last a week at the most!
I often find myself down the 'world food' isles of supermarkets as the Indian food section provides some different vegetarian snacks for me to try. It was whilst I was looking for some gelatine free jelly down this isle in my local Tesco a few weeks back that I discovered these Cofresh Coconut Bars. I absolutely love coconut and found them far too tempting to ignore so added a couple to my trolley. My local Tesco store sells these 50g bars for 39p although I've since found 25g bars in Morrisons and Asda (30p in Morrisons and 32p in Asda). Naturally I stick to buying the bigger bars, double the amount for less than 10p extra! These come in clear plastic wrapping which allows you to see the coconut bar contained. A blue strip in the middle of the rectangular bar shows the name of the product and that it is Kosher, gluten free and suitable for vegetarians. There's an ingredients list at the back too along with nutritional information. The bars are made up of coconut, sugar, glucose and vanilla flavouring (along with a couple of other ingredients I've never heard of) and each 50g bar contains 364 calories which makes this a nice alternative treat bar to chocolate, 50g of Mars Bar contains over 900 calories! And actually, I'd rather have one of these than a chocolate bar anyway. They're tastier and don't come with the added guilt. These are just lovely. The ample amounts of coconut flakes are nice enough but these are also quite moist so they're not as dry as plain coconut. They're quite sweet and the vanilla flavouring is detectable but not overly powerful. I find a 50g bar to be quite filling too and despite them being enjoyable they don't leave me craving another one (at least not for a couple of hours anyway)! I expected these to be rather crumbly and messy to eat but they're not and I can easily break pieces off if I want too. They're still soft though and just a delight to eat really! If you love coconut then you'll love these. I haven't even glanced at a Bounty since discovering these (and I really do love my Bounty Bars)! They're a tasty and low calorie treat and that's not something I come across very often!
"Grown-up" sweets are a bit of a treat for me. You see, being wheat intolerant and lactose intolerant means chocolate bars and the like are out of bounds, so I tend to be restricted to jelly type sweets such as Haribo. So when I came across this Cofresh Soft Handmade Coconut Bar in Tesco I grabbed it and put it with the rest of the shopping. The wrapper suggests it is also suitable for vegetarians (some people don't realise that certain sweets aren't suitable for vegetarians!), Halal (Kosher) and gluten free. Ingredients include Desiccated coconut (43%), sugar, glucose, albumin (egg white) and vanilla flavouring. Opening the wrapper, I could smell the sweet coconut, it reminded me of coconut ice. In fact, this bar does look very similar to coconut ice, but it's shape is flatter. Taking a bite into the bar, I could tell that it also tasted very similar to coconut ice, but not as creamy. It tasted sweet, but there's a lot of chewing involved to get the coconut out of your mouth (as per many other coconut confections). And yes, a little while later I was still finding bits of coconut in my teeth! While I found this coconut bar drier than coconut ice, I do still find it tasty. I paid around 24p for this 50g bar (which is a bargain in today's confectionary prices!) and enjoyed giving myself a treat (instead of having to watch everyone else having one!). I would certainly buy this coconut bar again. One thing to note though, I didn't find this Cofresh Soft Handmade Coconut bar with the other sweets in Tesco. Instead, I found it in a small section of the supermarket that seemed to stock tropical and foreign produce (which I guess is because Cofresh make authentic Indian snacks!). Did I mention I love coconut?!